world cup 2010 – day 11: 7th heaven for portugal, chile a step closer, spanish armada is back!

meireles-rual100621getty Day 11 brought one of the most lopsided international match in Portugal and North Korea in their second Group G clash in Green Point Stadium. In 2002, Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8-0 to set the record margin in a World Cup Finals match. Last night Portugal proved that they’re one of the firm favourites to lift the cup come July, after trashing the North Koreans 7-0. Surprise Six different players scored, with Tiago hitting the net twice, Ronaldo finally found his scoring boots in this match, while Raul Meireles, Simao, Hugo Almeida and Liedson were the other scorers. The match was somewhat even in the beginning, with North Korea managing to absorb Portugal’s attack, whilst creating their own chances themselves. Portugal’s technical superiority told however when they scored the first goal in the half-hour mark through Raul Meireles. The second half however belonged to Portugal, with a 6-goal blitz, to put Portugal second in the standings, with 4 points, and the firm favourites to accompany Brazil to the next round.

Mark-Gonz-lez-scores-for--005 In Group H, Chile and Switzerland faced off in Port Elizabeth Stadium. Both teams had won their opening matches against Honduras and Spain respectively, which meant another win would put the team one foot in the Round of 16. Switzerland before this match was on the verge of setting a new clean sheet record, which was 550 minutes, previously held by Italy. They however managed to only break the record by only 1 minute, when Mark Gonzalez nodded an Esteban Paredes’ cross with 15 minutes to go. It was a just reward for Chile, who never abandoned their attacking principles, while Switzerland were only off their pedal after Chile had scored. The Chileans also had the advantage of one extra man, after Velon Behrami was sent off, the first for Switzerland, for an alleged elbow on Arturo Vidal. The win meant Chile now is leading the pack with 6 points, while Switzerland was overtaken by Spain, who would win the last match of the day against Honduras.

1253946_full-lnd The match between Spain and Honduras took place in the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. It was a game where favourites Spain needed to win to get their campaign back on track. And that was exactly what they got when David Villa got both goals for Spain as the beat the Hondurans 2-0. Happy The first goal came in the 17th minute, when Villa scored a brilliant individual goal, beating three men before shooting into the roof of the net. The second came just six minutes after the restart, when Villa’s 20-meter shot deflected off Osman Chaves, and looped over the goalkeeper into the goal. In a match where Villa was looking at his prime best, he even managed to miss a penalty, shooting the ball wide, when winger Jesus Navas was felled by Emilio Izaguirre, thus becoming the first Spanish player to miss a penalty in a World Cup. Spain are definitely back in the fray, while Honduras are now clinging to their slimmest of hope to qualify for the next round. Thinking

June 20
Group G

Group H 

Group G Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Brazil 2 2 0 0 5 2 6
Portugal 2 1 1 0 7 0 4
Ivory Coast 2 0 1 1 1 3 1
North Korea 2 0 0 2 1 9 0

Group H Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Chile 2 2 0 0 2 0 6
Spain 2 1 0 1 2 1 3
Switzerland 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
Honduras 2 0 0 2 0 3 0

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